Harley dealership hopes to roar down to W. Glenwood
The local Harley-Davidson dealership is proposing a new facility aimed at making the motorcycle’s enthusiasts feel as if they’re in hog heaven.Aspen Valley Harley-Davidson wants to build a 12,247-square-foot building on Devereux Road in West Glenwood, at the former site of Pioneer Steel and PSI Cranes. That company moved to a new location near New Castle.The local motorcyclist dealership opened in the late 1990s on South Glen Avenue in south Glenwood, after being expanded from a Harley clothing and accessory store in Aspen. Mike Lehman bought the business this year from the owner of dealerships in Grand Junction and Daytona Beach. The sale included a stipulation by the Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer that the dealership be moved to a location along Interstate 70.”The facility proposed will incorporate ‘mountain architecture’ into a two-story facility more reminiscent of a hospitality establishment than a traditional motorcycle sales facility,” the city planning department wrote in a memo on the proposal to City Council.Ron Liston, a Glenwood Springs design consultant for the project, wrote to the city that the goal is to replace the existing industrial/office building style on the property with something serving as a “western gateway” to Glenwood Springs. The design will include heavy timber construction, an aged metal roof, large windows, local stone work, a fireplace, and a customer coffee bar.”The concept allows customers to interact with the staff as well as other Harley riders, not only shopping but developing the friendships that the Harley business is built on,” he wrote.Besides providing traditional dealership functions such as motorcycle sales and service, the building would include a full basement that would allow for winter storage and maintenance of bikes, ” a much-needed service in this market,” Liston wrote.Council is scheduled to conduct a conceptual review of the proposal when it meets tonight. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held in council chambers, at City Hall, 101 W. Eighth St.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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